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Media Releases

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RSPCA ACT continues to reach significant milestones in 2017 for animal welfare

RSPCA ACT has continued to achieve significant animal welfare outcomes in 2017. We received 3,562 domesticated animals in need of our help through the Shelter with another 499 incoming non-native species and injured wildlife. For domestic animals, it was the first year ever that RSPCA ACT has achieved a 90% rehoming rate across all species. Notably, canines reached 94.5% and felines a considerable 90.7%. Significantly, in December 2017 RSPCA ACT recorded a significant milestone of 97.62% of kittens rehomed. A substantial achievement given the delicate disposition of young kittens. RSPCA ACT Ch

Are you ‘Ready to Go’?

RSPCA ACT is launching a FREE pet emergency preparation kit called ‘Ready to Go’! Emergencies can strike suddenly and without warning. And with various studies showing that over 60% of Australians owning pets, it’s important to think about what you would do with your furry, feathery and/or scaly family members in emergency situations too. Do you have a plan if you had to evacuate with your pet with little notice? Evacuating your pets is more difficult than just tossing them into the car. Do you have leads, food/water bowls, medical records, medication, microchip numbers, etc? Do you have an al

Oakes Estate man pleads guilty to starving six dogs

Darren Hawkes pleaded guilty to failing to provide appropriate and adequate food and water to six dogs in his care. He was sentenced to two 12 month good behaviour orders including nine months of supervision, ordered to pay $100 in court costs and has been disqualified from keeping any animal for two years under section 138A of the Domestic Animals Act 2000 . In 2016, RSPCA ACT Inspectors visited the premises of Mr Hawkes after receiving a complaint regarding the condition of the animals living at the home. Upon arrival, RSPCA ACT Inspectors sighted multiple dogs, all malnourished and with var

RSPCA ACT & Canberra Raiders launch Pet Program

The Canberra Raiders have today launched their official ‘Pet Program’ in partnership with RSPCA ACT. It’s the first time the Raiders have given members and fans the opportunity for their pets to be part of the Raiders family, with the partnership with the RSPCA allowing pets to become Raiders fans. For just $45 you can sign up your pet to be part of the Green Machine family in 2018, with $20 of this amount pledged towards the RSPCA to assist in their protection of welfare of animals. Today at Raiders HQ, Raiders Jack Wighton and Bill Cullen signed up their pets for the program, with Jack’s dog

Annual General Meeting 2017

Notice of RSPCA ACT 2017 Annual General Meeting RSPCA ACT Inc will be holding their Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 28th November 2017 from 6:00pm at the Eastlake Football Club, 3 Oxley St, Griffith ACT 2603. Proposed business to be transacted at the meeting will include: Confirming the minutes of the last Annual General Meeting; Confirmation of the Elected Board Directors for 2017-2019; and Receiving and considering the Annual Report for 2016/17. For further information regarding the meeting visit rspca-act.org.au or contact Debbie Hartley, Returning Officer, on 6287 8103 or dhartley@rspca-

RSPCA and Bendigo Bank have $3 million reasons to celebrate

RSPCA and Bendigo Bank have $3 million reasons to celebrate Tuesday 17 October 2017: RSPCA and Bendigo Bank are this week celebrating the milestone of $3 million in support of the Adoptapet program – all thanks to Bendigo Bank customers. Adoptapet is a national website that allows prospective pet owners to view animals waiting for adoption at RSPCA locations across Australia from the comfort and convenience of their own home, workplace or mobile phone. The Adoptapet program is supported in part by Bendigo Bank’s RSPCA Rescue credit card product suite. By signing up for and shopping with one of

Get the flock out of here! ‘Chris the Sheep’ has his own book!

IT'S COMING.... Since his infamous entrance into the limelight in 2015, ‘Chris the Sheep’ has continued to bewilder and amaze people around the world. Who knew an innocent tweet could thrust a single lost sheep onto the world stage? He's been reported by media outlets in just about every country you could name and has been featured on well-known news services and networks such as CNN, NBC, BBC, National Geographic, Huffington Post, and more! But this time, he’s making an appearance as the illustrated star of RSPCA ACT’s first children’s book, ‘The Misadventures of Chris the Sheep’ . Of the hun

RSPCA ACT Achieves 90% Rehoming Rate for Canines and Felines in 2016/17

RSPCA ACT had another outstanding year for animal welfare outcomes, surpassing expectations again. During the financial year, 4063 domestic animals came into care at the Weston shelter. This number is very similar to last year’s statistics. However, the various species that made up these totals were different including: 68% increase in incoming poultry compared to last year because of Inspector activities, and nearly twice as many poultry (349) adopted as adult dogs (188); 9.5% decrease in incoming kittens and 7.6% reduction in overall felines – first decrease in 5 years after two years of a f